Adele, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift & More: Grammy Awards 2012 Winners

What a night it was. And so full of tears! Everyone was crying about something. Jennifer Hudson seemed to be crying during her tribute to Whitney Houston, Adele was crying when she won pretty much every major awards, I was crying because I know I can never be as talented as Bon Iver, etc. 

Adele was the clear winner of the night taking home awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video. Damn girl. She was just collecting them Grammys like they’re candy. The Foo Fighters also did quite well winning Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album and Best Long Form Music Video. 

Even our little Taylor Swift got lucky winning Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song. The most entertaining part of the night, well one of them, was the fact that Kanye West won 3 major awards and wasn’t there to give some crazy ass speech about it. 

But the Grammys aren’t just about the awards. Oh no. If anything the awards are secondary to all the performances, and this year was no exception. After news hit late yesterday afternoon that powerhouse singer Whitney Houston passed away it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would do the honors of a tribute. And a tribute it was. Jennifer gave us her own rendition of “I Will Always Love You” and while it obviously couldn’t measure up to Whitney’s performances of it, it still gave viewers chills (watch the performance after the jump). Plus, you could tell just how heartbroken she was. 

Also, have I mentioned Adele is back? After having throat surgery which left her essentially mute for two months, Adele broke her silence with a crazy good performance of “Rolling in the Deep”. I love Adele. She’s cute, funny, shy, she sings like no other and you know she’s not taking any of her fame lightly. She really killed it tonight and the world is more than happy to have her back. 

Other highlights included Nick Minaj’s weird ass performance, which someone still needs to explain to me. Like, what the fuck was up with that priest? It’s all good though because The Beach Boys performed! California’s favorite boy band had themselves a little reunion–along with Maroon 5 and Foster the People–proving that once again, classic is better. Speaking of classic being better, Paul McCartney is the greatest man alive. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what he’s singing, he makes me weep. Although, when it’s a medley of The Beatles hits it just makes the weeping harder. 

Check out the full list of winners below! What was your pick for the best performance? Any upsets in your opinion or were all the winners spot on? Leave us your thoughts in the comments!

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Album of the Year: “21,” Adele

Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

New Artist: Bon Iver  

Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele

Alternative Album: “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Rock Album: “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” Foo Fighters

R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown

R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash

R&B Performance: “Is This Love,” Corrine Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West

Rap/Sung Collaboration: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Dance Recording: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Dance/Electronica Album: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Musical Theater Album: “The Book of Mormon,” Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone

World Music Album: “Tassili,” Tinariwen

Latin Pop Rock, Rock or Urban Album: “Drama y Luz,” Mana

Tropical Latin Album: “Last Mambo,” Cachao

Banda or Norteno Album: “Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends,” Los Tigres Del Norte

Regional Mexican or Tejano Album: “Bicentenario,” Pepe Aguilar

Country Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Country Album: “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

Country Performance by a Duo or Group: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Country Song: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Jazz Vocal Album: “The Mosaic Project,” Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists

Jazz Instrumental Album: “Forever,” Corea, Clark & White

Improvised Jazz Solo: “500 Miles High,” Chick Corea

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “The Good Feeling,” Christian McBride Big Band

Blues Album: “Revelator,” Tedeschi Trucks Band

Folk Album: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Pop Instrumental Album: “The Road From Memphis,” Booker T. Jones

Bluegrass Album: “Paper Airplane,” Alison Krauss & Union Station

Americana Album: “Ramble at the Ryman,” Levon Helm

Reggae Album: “Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life,” Stephen Marley

New Age Album: “What’s It All About,” Pat Metheny

Children’s Album: “All About Bullies… Big and Small,” various artists

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Cinema (Skrillex remix),” Sonny Moore

Gospel Song: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance: “Jesus,” L’Andria Johnson

Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Choral Performance: “Light & Gold,” Eric Whitacre

Classical Contemporary Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance: “Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel

Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor

Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t),” Betty White

Comedy Album: “Hilarious,” Louis C.K.

Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “Boardwalk Empire,” various artists

Score Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat

Song Written For Visual Media: “I See the Light,” Alan Menken & Glenn Slater

Historical Album: “Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition),” Paul McCartney

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” Jorge Calandrelli